Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Gulden Draak, lonely at the top for 25 years, now gets company
The birthday present: Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple, an enrichment of the Gulden Draak range.
An ode to the past and to the city of (9000) GHENT The Gulden Draak is named after the gilded statue on top of the belltower of Ghent. Such eminent symbol, that has been standing firm for over 6 centuries, deserves equally grand beers. The unsurpassed Gulden Draak as dark tripel of 10,5% alcohol gets, after 25 years of growing success, quite an addition, the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple.

All features of the Gulden Draak The extremely rich and complex taste sensation and the stable beer head can also be found in the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple. The sweet caramel touches, however, are still reserved for the Gulden Draak.

With addition of extra malt The new recipe, on basis of 3 different kinds of malt added in a volume of 4 times the content in lager, provide the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple with a deep golden amber colour and a fruity scent. Together with the smooth and subtle sweet taste ensures this a wonderfully accomplished bouquet.

In line with the traditions of Brewery Van Steenberge Just like the other specialty beers of Brewery Van Steenberge is the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple a beer of high fermentation with secondary fermentation. A wine yeast is used for the secondary fermentation, which also contributes to the grandiose taste.

BBB63's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle served in Duvel snifter: Pours a coppery hue with an initial large frothy white head that does fade a bit, okay lace. The aroma has notes of banana, apricot, peach, dusty earthy esters, some alcohol and candi sugar, and caramlized biscuity malts. The taste is a touch sweet and fruity with a dollop of spicy notes on the finish. Unlike many Quads this does not have the character of Special B malts nor the overall depth. Seems more like an amped up Tripel with all the same yeastie notes. The mouth feel is smooth and moderately carbonated with some boozy warmth as well. Gotta admit I am a bit disappointed in this beer, was expecting something it failed to deliver upon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NatBeer (10) - FRANCE - SEP 25, 2015
An excellent blonde amber belgian strong ale, with a delicate aroma. The Gulden Draak is still better for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1263) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle from a wineshop in Rotterdam. Dark amber pour with big fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, raisins, brown sugar, some spice and a little bit of booze. Taste is full with raisin, candied sugar and caramel. Full body with a slightly boozy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1422) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
330ml bottle, pours orange amber gold. Full bodied malty profile, caramel and sticky sweet toffee, with marzipan, and rich fruits and pine. Full bodied and sticky, soft carbonation. Very good rich beer, it is very sweet but not cloying. Nice treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Changed (427) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2015
11.2 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange-amber. Lively white head, good retention. Aroma is a bouquet of sweet fruit (apple cider-ish), yeast, malt. Amazing aroma. Flavor is yeast on the front, fruity, a fair amount of booze. Bittering at the end. Highly carbonated. Pretty damn good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMJL (275) - Gliwice, POLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Po otwarciu butelki powitał mnie gushing. Zapach jest słodki, karmelowy, nieco miodowy z lekką gumą do żucia. Piana jest niezwykle wysoka - piwo jest zdecydowanie przegazowane. Poza niebotyczną wysokością piana jest jasnokremowa, średniopęcherzykowa, pomimo, że szybko się rozluźnia, to jest dosyć trwała, sztywna i lepiąca się do szkła. Piwo w barwie jest bursztynowe, brzydko i w nierównomierny sposób zmętnione - pływają w nim jakieś drobimy oraz obłoki silnego zmętnienia pomimo spokojnego nalewania z długo ustanej butelki. W aromacie ze szkła guma do żucia staje się jeszcze wyraźniejsza, dochodzą też owoce głównie w stroną brzoskwiń/morel. Przyprawowość jest bardzo delikatna, a karmel już nie aż tak wyraźny. Na tym etapie alkoholu nie czuję. W smaku jest słodkie - daje skojarzenia z jakimś lekkim miodem pitnym np czwórniakiem. Nuty owocowe, przyprawowe, gumo-balonowe są na planie dalszym. Dominuje słodycz, miód, karmel, szlachetny i bardzo przyjemny alkohol. Goryczka jest przyprawowo-alkoholowa - nawet dosyć wyraźna i w posmaku będąca w stanie skontrować choć trochę ciało piwa. W odczuciu zaskakująco gładkie. Pije się lekko pomimo, że czuć kaliber tego piwa - jego potężny ekstrakt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heman (256) - Tychy, POLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Barwa bursztynowa, a po otwarciu przywitał mnie gushing. Piana bardzo obfita. Aromat złożony: cała masa suszonych owoców - figi, morele, rodzynki. W tle jakby delikatny szampański kwasek, a po ogrzaniu wychodzi alkohol. Słodowa bomba, ponownie dużo suszonych owoców, tło ziołowo-przyprawowe. Finisz to wyraźna alkoholowa goryczka. każdy łyk rozgrzewa gardło.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Fairly light in color for the style, mostly orange. This is nice. Sweet but with some fruit that really hides the alcohol well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kampfar (18) - Münster, GERMANY, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2015
From 33 cl bottle; bottle conditioned beer which pours amber colored and murky. Strong malty and yeasty aroma, cookie and dough. Well carbonated with a small, creamy off-white head. Rich mouthfeel, creamy texture. Sweet initial flavor with heavy malty taste, yeast also takes part of the initial flavor. Long finish. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (1429) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 23, 2015
Ambar nebulosa, de dos dedos de espuma blanquecina, duradera. Aroma de caramelo, con notas frutales. En boca, llama la atención la carbonatación, intensa. El tono es bastante alcohólico. Y el sabor, bien malteado, licórico, acaramelado, fruto seco, notas de levadura belga... pero sobre todo resulta un licor en toda regla, desde el primer trago, y especialmente en el postgusto. Para tomar a pequeńos sorbos en la sobremesa. Pero inferior en complejidad , cuerpo y en conjunto a las mejores quads

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunstoneale (9) - MOLDOVA - AUG 15, 2015 does not count
Lovely aroma of dried fruits, caramel and some alcohol. Thick body, sweet but not cloying thanks to the touch of hops balancing out the taste. Had a struggle finishing it but still loved the experience.

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